October 5, 2022
Overwatch 2 reveals new healing ninja Kiriko, summons a Spectral Fox

Overwatch 2 has revealed its latest addition to the hero roster, Kiriko. The character was subject to extensive leaks earlier this week, and is now revealed to be a support/healing ninja with ties to the current heroes, Genji and Hanzo. Blizzard Entertainment dropped a gameplay trailer, highlighting his kit and ultimate ability, a spirit fox named Kitsune. Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One and PC.

Kiriko is a support-type character who blurs the line between DPS and healer – similar to Baptiste at launch. As someone who trained with the Shimada brothers, he has mastered the ability to carve walls and navigate in a quick, agile fashion. Her primary healing ability is Healing Offuda, where she throws a bunch of sacred talismans to restore the health of teammates. Like most supporting characters in Overwatch 2, players don’t need the best aiming and tracking skills, as Kiriko’s talisman can easily hit her targets. This makes healing fast, erratic characters such as Wrecking Ball, Genji, and Mercy feel like a breeze.

Kiriko’s secondary skill is a Kunai Blade, which can be used to inflict damage on incoming enemies. Despite being a hitscan weapon, one should note that he is a healer, and therefore, damage is minimized, compared to other damage-type heroes. That said, if you’re a flex player, you’ll be able to consistently turn the odds in your favor by clicking on an enemy’s head.

During stressful situations, Kiriko can throw down a sacred bell, providing herself and her allies within range, temporary impenetrability. Think of it like Baptiste’s Immortality Sphere, but the effect here is immediate and needs to be perfectly timed. If necessary, she can also save her skin, turning on a teleport ability and escaping from the site to take cover from an ally.

Kiriko’s most powerful ability, however, is Kitsune Rush, where she summons a spectral fox—holding a ninja scroll in her mouth—to light the path to the ghostly Tori gates. All companions passing through these gates will be given massive amounts of speed, including speed up, weapon reload speed, and cooldown. Currently, there’s no word on how long this capability lasts.

With Overwatch 2, Blizzard is getting rid of the loot box system, and is introducing a battle pass. Kiriko will join the roster at launch along with new tank heroes Junker Queen and damage-type Sojourn. Those with the original 2016 Overwatch will get free access to Kiriko for use in online PvP matches.

Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One and PC via Battle.net.

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